Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Leo Epulum Animalibus Facit (Abstemius)

SOURCE: You can find both the first and second "hecatomythia" of Abstemius in Nevelet's monumental Aesop published in 1610, available at GoogleBooks. You can find out more about Abstemius at the Aesopus wiki. This is fable 117 in Abstemius. Perry only includes a few sporadic fables from Abstemius in his index, and there is no Perry number for this fable.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons or accent marks - and read the text out loud until you feel comfortable and confident. Then, try reading the unmarked text at the bottom. It should be easy for you after practicing with the marked texts. :-)

MACRONS. Here is the text with macrons:

Leo epulum opiparē apparātēque cēterīs brūtīs animālibus exhibēbat, in quō gallīnae, turdī et huiusmodī avium carnēs, partim assae, partim ēlixae erant. Hoc canī, felī, et cēterīs animālibus carnivorīs grātum admodum erat. Cētera autem, quaecumque herbīs hordeōque vescuntur, huiusmodī convīvium ut īnsipidum damnābat. Fābula indicat, quam difficile sit variae vulgī voluntātī satisfacere.

ACCENT MARKS. Here is the text with ecclesiastical accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Leo épulum opípare apparatéque céteris brutis animálibus exhibébat, in quo gallínae, turdi et huiúsmodi ávium carnes, partim assae, partim elíxae erant. Hoc cani, feli, et céteris animálibus carnívoris gratum ádmodum erat. Cétera autem, quaecúmque herbis hordeóque vescúntur, huiúsmodi convívium ut insípidum damnábat. Fábula índicat, quam diffícile sit váriae vulgi voluntáti satisfácere.

UNMARKED TEXT. Here is the unmarked text - after practicing with the marked text that you prefer, you should not have any trouble with the unmarked text:

epulum opipare apparateque
ceteris brutis animalibus exhibebat,
in quo
gallinae, turdi
et huiusmodi avium carnes,
partim assae,
partim elixae erant.
cani, feli,
et ceteris animalibus carnivoris
gratum admodum erat.
Cetera autem,
herbis hordeoque vescuntur,
huiusmodi convivium
ut insipidum damnabat.
Fabula indicat,
quam difficile sit
variae vulgi voluntati satisfacere.

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) - it's Hicks' Peaceable Kingdom:

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